Apple Mac mini G4 Desktop Computer - PowerPC G4 1.25 GHz

256 MB DDR SDRAM RAM - 40 GB HDD - Combo Drive CD-RW/DVD-ROM Radeon 9200 - 32 MB - DDR SDRAM Graphics - Mac OS X 10.3 Panther - 2 x Total Number of USB Ports - 2 x USB 2.0 Ports - MPN: M9686LLA
Product Details
Description
Live the digital life in stylish simplicity. Just 6.5 inches square and 2 inches tall, Mac mini provides what you need to have more fun.
Quick Glance
Included Drives Combo Drive CD-RW/DVD-ROM
Chassis Style Mini System
Operating System Mac OS X 10.3 Panther
Video Chipset Radeon 9200
Processor Class PowerPC G4
Green Compliance Yes
normalized-Hard Drive Capacity 40000
normalized-Installed Memory 256
normalized-Processor Speed 1250
Expert Reviews
Mac mini/1.25GHz
4 Star Review  Macworld.com - Jan 26, 2005

The Mac mini wont appeal to computer users looking for a lot of raw processing power. But its a stellar bargain if you want a tiny machine for performing basic taskseven with its skimpy amount of preinstalled RAM. And its especially appealing to users who already have their own monitor, input devices, and peripherals.

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Apple Mac Mini: Smaller, More Stylish - and Cheaper Than a PC?
3 Star Review  tomshardware.com - Feb 16, 2005

The concept is reminiscent of the Bauhaus style of the '20s - simple shape, compact exterior, and a certain coolness of design. And, above all, no frills. However, the Mac mini's minimalist appearance belies the very high level of functionality it offers.

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User Reviews
Not all it's cracked up to be.
2 Star Review     

Strengths: Small streamlined design, and very affordable for a Mac.

Weakness: Slow! Slow! Not enough ram!

Ok I read all the reviews and they seem to be mostly by former PC users. I have always used a Mac, and while the mini is great for someone running limited applications (Windows, Excel, Entourage)... it really really sucks for any Adobe software, or graphic applications in general. Good luck trying to run Photoshop and anything else at the same time... grab a coffee... pinwheel... go for lunch pinwheel.... Save...pinwheel... even trying to quit out of an application... pinwheel! And mine is brand new with the dual core 1.67 processor! Ot seems to be more of a question of RAM, and that is a problem, because the buyer should know that unless the mini is only used for limited applications, you should upgrade your ram before you even get it home. By all accounts, once the RAM is upgraded it is supposed to work much much better... And I am only writing this review because I read a lot of great reviews about this computer, and have been disappointed with my purchase, mainly because all of my Adobe & Graphic software is CONSTANLY crashing... so it's off to the MAC store to get more RAM, and perhaps I will be happier wtih the Mini.

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First Mac in 15 years!
5 Star Review   By member arkleseizure - Jul 6, 2005   

Strengths: Size and functionality, good price

Weakness: Not the most powerful system, MUST upgrade the included 256 MB RAM

Got this during the release of Tiger, a great OS. This is a very smooth system, and I really have not had any problems running anything with it. However, upgrading the RAM to at least 512 MB is a must. I grabbed a 1 GB stick, and it is pretty speedy now. The 1 GB upgrade is still pretty insanely priced from Apple I believe. It is rather annoying to get the case open, but not overly difficult. I would gladly recommend this system to anyone looking into getting a Mac. Its cheap (for a Mac) and powerful enough to get everyday stuff done quickly. I'm very impressed.

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5 Star Review   By member ervfang - Apr 20, 2005   

Strengths: Compact yet powerful small package, easy set up, less vulnerability to viruses.

Weakness: 256 RAM likely too small, not enough USB ports.

Overall, am very pleased with it. As a fairly competent PC user, I have had lots of negative experiences with PC crashes, re-installations, trouble-shooting, virus problems -- one after another. Yes, maybe there are more programs for the PC, but when you need it for basic/advanced web-surfing and programs of daily tasks, this is the best for you. Who needs an advanced PC with 200g HD, unless you do digital editing, high-speed gaming, etc? And, if that 200g crashes? I am a born-again Mac convert. Enough of PC problems.(!)

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5 Star Review   By member TogetherinParis - Mar 14, 2005   

Strengths: Small, capable, dependable, reliable, fast, quiet, not under constant hacker attacks like MS products

Weakness: needs powered speaker system, few compatible ports, no keyboard, monitor, or mouse.

I got a 512 Meg Mac Mini with 80 gig hard drive and superdrive. Apple's reputation for reliable hardware & software and superb support made my hassles getting it up and running worth it. Designwise, this is a halfway measure. The mini should be installable inside a PC. It should come on a PCI card & hard drive bay combination along with hardwired software upgrade accessible only by Apple.

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5 Star Review   By member scottwb - Feb 26, 2005   

Strengths: Very easy to use and set-up, the awesome OS X and iLife 05, no virus/spyware, takes little space on my desk and is extremely quiet.

Weakness: None so far - make sure you get the extra 256Mb ram upgrade.

This is a great alternative to my PC which now feels positively clunky and ugly! I love OS X and the iLife applications are wonderful. Within a couple of hours I'd imported my photos, made a slideshow to music and cut it to a DVD - the grand parents are gonna love what's comming up :). Best computer I've ever owned, the only downside is i feel a bit lost without the constant tweaking, patching, virus updates and spyware flushing that consumed a large part of my PC computing time - time to fire up GarageBand and see if I can come up with the next big hit :)

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4 Star Review   By member 32tideride - Feb 10, 2005   

Strengths: Price, size, OS X, and of course "coolness" factor

Weakness: 256MB RAM just doesn't cut it, no audio inputs

Having never owned a Mac - and never having used OS X for one second - I knew I had to have a Mac Mini as soon as I heard about it. The 1.25 Ghz machine is plenty if you're in the same situation as me - a Windows user curious about what the other side has to offer. The 40 GB drive was not a factor because you'll want to add an external firewire drive later anyway. This unit could not be easier to setup. In 5 minutes you can have it out of the box and have your email pulled up. Factor in OS X and the iLife software and you're getting a great bargain on the hardware. Definitely upgrade the RAM to at least 512 MB because the 256 it comes with definitely isn't nearly enough. The bottom line is if you're reading this and you're on the fence then my advice would be to buy, buy, buy! Absolutely no regrets from this former Windows-only user!

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5 Star Review   By member GTEvo8 - Jan 29, 2005   

Strengths: Apple OS, size, performance

Weakness: None so far..

Ohmygod what an amazing feat of engineering and industrial design.. This is an amazing little machine; I have been very impressed with it so far, as this is my first apple :) May it all keep getting better..

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Product Details
Description
Live the digital life in stylish simplicity. Just 6.5 inches square and 2 inches tall, Mac mini provides what you need to have more fun.
Quick Glance
Included Drives Combo Drive CD-RW/DVD-ROM
Chassis Style Mini System
Operating System Mac OS X 10.3 Panther
Video Chipset Radeon 9200
Processor Class PowerPC G4
Green Compliance Yes
normalized-Hard Drive Capacity 40000
normalized-Installed Memory 256
normalized-Processor Speed 1250
Summary
Product Title Apple Mac mini G4 Desktop Computer - PowerPC G4 1.25 GHz
Manufacturer Apple
Power Score 4.1 | 9 Reviews
Processor
Cache Size: 512 KB
Number of Installed Processors: 1
Processor Speed: 1.25 GHz
Memory
Max System Memory: 1 GB
Memory Socket: DIMM
Memory Technology: DDR SDRAM
Installed Memory: 256 MB
System
Interface Connection: 2 x USB 2.0, Firewire Yes, DVI Yes, Ethernet RJ-45 Yes, Audio Line Out Yes, Modem RJ-11 Yes
Drive Controllers: IDE (ATA/EIDE/ATAPI)
Storage
Hard Drive Capacity: 40 GB
Multimedia
Installed Video Memory: 32 MB
Video Bus: AGP 4x
Modem / Networking
Included Network Card: Fast Ethernet
Dimensions
Height: 2"
Weight: 2.9 lbs
Width: 6.50"
Depth: 6.50"
Warranty
Warranty Information: 1 Year
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
CD-ROM Read Speed: 24 X (CD,CD-R)
DVD-ROM Read Speed: 8 X (DVD, DVD-R)
Product Line: Mac mini
Modem Speed: 56 Kbps
Brand Name: Apple
Color Temperature: 90 days free telephone support
Modem (RJ-11): Yes
CD Write Speed: 24 X (CD,CD-R)
Network (RJ-45): Yes
Included Monitor: No
Number of USB 2.0 Ports: 2
Graphics Memory Technology: DDR SDRAM
Included Printer: No
Description: 1.25GHz Mac mini Desktop
Modem Type: Data/FAX
Frequency Band: Digital resolution up to 1920 x 1200 pixels Analog resolution up to 1920 x 1080 pixels
Audio Line Out: Yes
Product Series: G4
Software Included: Art Directors Toolkit EarthLink To
Bus Speed: 167 MHz
SKU: DM9686LLA
Modem: Yes
Product Type: Desktop Computer
Maximum Power Supply Wattage: 85 W
Video Integration: Card
Included Speakers: No
Total Number of USB Ports: 2
CD Rewrite Speed: 16 X (CD,CD-R)
Chassis Color: Silver
Expert Reviews
Mac mini/1.25GHz
4 Star Review  Macworld.com - Jan 26, 2005

The Mac mini wont appeal to computer users looking for a lot of raw processing power. But its a stellar bargain if you want a tiny machine for performing basic taskseven with its skimpy amount of preinstalled RAM. And its especially appealing to users who already have their own monitor, input devices, and peripherals.

Read the full review »

Apple Mac Mini: Smaller, More Stylish - and Cheaper Than a PC?
3 Star Review  tomshardware.com - Feb 16, 2005

The concept is reminiscent of the Bauhaus style of the '20s - simple shape, compact exterior, and a certain coolness of design. And, above all, no frills. However, the Mac mini's minimalist appearance belies the very high level of functionality it offers.

Read the full review »

User Reviews
Not all it's cracked up to be.
2 Star Review     

Strengths: Small streamlined design, and very affordable for a Mac.

Weakness: Slow! Slow! Not enough ram!

Ok I read all the reviews and they seem to be mostly by former PC users. I have always used a Mac, and while the mini is great for someone running limited applications (Windows, Excel, Entourage)... it really really sucks for any Adobe software, or graphic applications in general. Good luck trying to run Photoshop and anything else at the same time... grab a coffee... pinwheel... go for lunch pinwheel.... Save...pinwheel... even trying to quit out of an application... pinwheel! And mine is brand new with the dual core 1.67 processor! Ot seems to be more of a question of RAM, and that is a problem, because the buyer should know that unless the mini is only used for limited applications, you should upgrade your ram before you even get it home. By all accounts, once the RAM is upgraded it is supposed to work much much better... And I am only writing this review because I read a lot of great reviews about this computer, and have been disappointed with my purchase, mainly because all of my Adobe & Graphic software is CONSTANLY crashing... so it's off to the MAC store to get more RAM, and perhaps I will be happier wtih the Mini.

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First Mac in 15 years!
5 Star Review   By member arkleseizure - Jul 6, 2005   

Strengths: Size and functionality, good price

Weakness: Not the most powerful system, MUST upgrade the included 256 MB RAM

Got this during the release of Tiger, a great OS. This is a very smooth system, and I really have not had any problems running anything with it. However, upgrading the RAM to at least 512 MB is a must. I grabbed a 1 GB stick, and it is pretty speedy now. The 1 GB upgrade is still pretty insanely priced from Apple I believe. It is rather annoying to get the case open, but not overly difficult. I would gladly recommend this system to anyone looking into getting a Mac. Its cheap (for a Mac) and powerful enough to get everyday stuff done quickly. I'm very impressed.

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5 Star Review   By member ervfang - Apr 20, 2005   

Strengths: Compact yet powerful small package, easy set up, less vulnerability to viruses.

Weakness: 256 RAM likely too small, not enough USB ports.

Overall, am very pleased with it. As a fairly competent PC user, I have had lots of negative experiences with PC crashes, re-installations, trouble-shooting, virus problems -- one after another. Yes, maybe there are more programs for the PC, but when you need it for basic/advanced web-surfing and programs of daily tasks, this is the best for you. Who needs an advanced PC with 200g HD, unless you do digital editing, high-speed gaming, etc? And, if that 200g crashes? I am a born-again Mac convert. Enough of PC problems.(!)

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5 Star Review   By member TogetherinParis - Mar 14, 2005   

Strengths: Small, capable, dependable, reliable, fast, quiet, not under constant hacker attacks like MS products

Weakness: needs powered speaker system, few compatible ports, no keyboard, monitor, or mouse.

I got a 512 Meg Mac Mini with 80 gig hard drive and superdrive. Apple's reputation for reliable hardware & software and superb support made my hassles getting it up and running worth it. Designwise, this is a halfway measure. The mini should be installable inside a PC. It should come on a PCI card & hard drive bay combination along with hardwired software upgrade accessible only by Apple.

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5 Star Review   By member scottwb - Feb 26, 2005   

Strengths: Very easy to use and set-up, the awesome OS X and iLife 05, no virus/spyware, takes little space on my desk and is extremely quiet.

Weakness: None so far - make sure you get the extra 256Mb ram upgrade.

This is a great alternative to my PC which now feels positively clunky and ugly! I love OS X and the iLife applications are wonderful. Within a couple of hours I'd imported my photos, made a slideshow to music and cut it to a DVD - the grand parents are gonna love what's comming up :). Best computer I've ever owned, the only downside is i feel a bit lost without the constant tweaking, patching, virus updates and spyware flushing that consumed a large part of my PC computing time - time to fire up GarageBand and see if I can come up with the next big hit :)

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4 Star Review   By member 32tideride - Feb 10, 2005   

Strengths: Price, size, OS X, and of course "coolness" factor

Weakness: 256MB RAM just doesn't cut it, no audio inputs

Having never owned a Mac - and never having used OS X for one second - I knew I had to have a Mac Mini as soon as I heard about it. The 1.25 Ghz machine is plenty if you're in the same situation as me - a Windows user curious about what the other side has to offer. The 40 GB drive was not a factor because you'll want to add an external firewire drive later anyway. This unit could not be easier to setup. In 5 minutes you can have it out of the box and have your email pulled up. Factor in OS X and the iLife software and you're getting a great bargain on the hardware. Definitely upgrade the RAM to at least 512 MB because the 256 it comes with definitely isn't nearly enough. The bottom line is if you're reading this and you're on the fence then my advice would be to buy, buy, buy! Absolutely no regrets from this former Windows-only user!

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5 Star Review   By member GTEvo8 - Jan 29, 2005   

Strengths: Apple OS, size, performance

Weakness: None so far..

Ohmygod what an amazing feat of engineering and industrial design.. This is an amazing little machine; I have been very impressed with it so far, as this is my first apple :) May it all keep getting better..

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